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Cast Iron Plant

Aspidistra Elatior

From £24.00

Aspidistra’s are bold, architecturally strong plant, with vertical lines running through it’s leaves. The Cast Iron Plant is a beauty and very popular as a gift for men due to it’s broad leaves and easy care nature. Much more shade tolerant than many other plants and is particularly low maintenance, the cast iron plant is a worry-free choice for any home grower.


About Cast Iron Plant

Botanical Name
Aspidistra Elatior
Common Names
Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra
Air Purification Qualities
Child & Pet Safe?

The Cast Iron Plant, is hardy by name and hardy by nature. Native to Japan and Taiwan, the cast iron plant is also known as Aspidistra. Forming the bread and butter of our easy care plant set, this unkillable plant is ideal for those new to gardening and the not so green-fingered! Simply match the aspidistra with one of our ceramic stone pots and you’re good to go! You could leave this house plant for over a month without water and it’ll still stand as strong and beautiful as the last. Have guests and friends in awe of your plant-keeping skills! Why not have a look at some of our other easy-care plants in our collection.

Available in 2 sizes, as a medium-sized indoor plant, the aspidistra would look perfect on your coffee table, sideboard, or even dining table! As the large 120-150cm the Aspidistra would make a stunning addition to your living room, bedroom or office.

Top tips for your Aspidistra:

  • Be sure to mist your plant’s leaves to keep them looking brand new and wipe away any dust.
  • If your plant is suffering from some pests, be sure to invest in some of our neem oil.
  • Check out our care guide below on how to care for your aspidistra

Please note: this plant comes in a plastic nursery pot. Browse our entire range of plant pots to add that extra charm and character to your home.

SKU 20110

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How To Care For Cast Iron Plant

You really don’t need to go overboard on the watering with the cast iron plant. Once per month should be fine. As with most plants, if in a brightly lit spot apply a little more water than usual and less in a shadier spot. If you have nothing to water with, why not try one of our watering cans?

The ideal place for Aspidistra is in indirect sunlight, but it will be fine in full shade as well. In the autumn and winter, it will love a spot where it can catch morning or evening light. Never let it stand in strong sunlight for longer than an hour. This will result in a pale, washed-out plant.

Aspidistras aren’t fussy, they should be fine in normal room humidity but you can treat them to a mist with a water mister every now and again.

Aspidistra like loose, well-draining soil. Consider introducing wood chippings, grit or perlite to your compost for added drainage.

You can use houseplant feed or general houseplant fertiliser at half strength twice a month during spring and summer and once a month in winter. Never apply ‘ready to pour’ feed on unwatered soil as this will cause the roots to burn. If you’re struggling to determine what fertiliser may be best, we recommend using Miracle-Gro pump and feed!

Occasionally check the soil and undersides of the leaves for mealy bugs, scale, aphids, spider mites, thrips, fungus gnats, vine weevils and root mealybugs. Spray off aphids and spider mites with water or a water and soap mix. If an infestation occurs, we recommend taking a more organic approach using Neem oil to kill the pest and their eggs or Insecticidal Soap Spray. If you want to use a known brand we recommend Baby Bio Houseplant Bug Killer.

Cast Iron Plants are easy to propagate by division and repot in another pot. Have a look if your pot is still big enough every 6 months. If it’s looking full, then it may be time for a new pot.

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